assisted death


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assisted death

a form of euthanasia in which an individual expressing a wish to die prematurely is helped to accomplish that goal by another person, either by counseling and/or by providing a poison or other lethal instrument. The assisted death may be regarded as a homicide or suicide by local authorities, and the person giving assistance may be held responsible for the death. See also assisted suicide.

assisted death

Help that enables a person who wants to die to do so. The help may be counseling or providing the physical means or instruments that allow the person to commit suicide. The legal and ethical questions concerning such acts, esp. if the assisting person is a health care professional, are topics of active debate.
See: assisted suicide; euthanasia
See also: death
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The rights and responsibilities of doctors and other medical professionals were clarified, and specific reporting requirements regarding medically assisted deaths were added.
Her approach reflects the trend towards eschewing issues of principle in favour of the practical considerations surrounding the regulation of assisted death.
She states that "the development of the arguments for a permissive regime with respect to non-voluntary assisted death and voluntary assisted death for previously competent individuals .
The issue of medically assisted death rose to prominence last year with the case of Brittany Maynard, 29, who was told she had six months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Organisations for and against assisted death will each claim victories.
He added that the choice to have an assisted death "should be a right".
The author, who has Alzheimer's disease, will say that the "time is really coming" for assisted death to be legalised as he delivers the Richard Dimbleby Lecture.
of Glasgow) evaluates issues surrounding physician assisted death, and explores the values that shape people's conclusions as to the ethics of assisted dying.
The Register Guard's absurd and unsubstantiated statement that 'physician assisted death .
and Israel contribute 14 chapters to the universal debate about the ethical questions of terminal care and assisted death.